Meaning of “dongle” in the English Dictionary


"dongle" in English

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donglenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɒŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈdɑːŋ.ɡəl/

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  • Programs that use a dongle query the port at startup and at programmed intervals thereafter, and terminate if it does not respond with the dongle's programmed validation code. 
  • Thus, users can make as many copies of the program as they want but must pay for each dongle. 

(Definition of “dongle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dongle" in Business English

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donglenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdɒŋɡl/ us

IT a device that is attached to a computer that enables the computer to run a particular piece of software, or that can be used in other ways, for example as a wireless adapter

(Definition of “dongle” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)